For the third time in two days and at least the sixth time this semester, a DeKalb County high school student was arrested for having a gun on campus.
Thursday’s incident occurred at Lithonia High School, a district spokeswoman said in a statement.
The weapon was found after administrators and school police “uncovered a text message stating there may potentially be a weapon on campus,” the district said.
Officers conducted an investigation at the school and recovered the gun, authorities said. The student, who was not identified, was taken into police custody.
It’s unclear if the gun was loaded, but school officials said the firearm was never used in a threatening manner.
On Wednesday, DeKalb County school police arrested two students after weapons were found at Columbia and Cedar Grove high schools, authorities said.
The one at Columbia was found during a “search and safety drill” conducted by school resource officers. The unannounced drills are conducted occasionally, according to the school system.
The weapon at Cedar Grove was discovered when an employee put something into a student’s backpack.
Hours before sending out a statement about the latest gun arrest, district officials announced a new “Weapons Deterrent Plan” to keep students and staff members safe.
“As a continuing proactive effort, random searches will be conducted on our high school campuses throughout the year,” the school system said Thursday. “The searches are intended to serve as a deterrent to weapons, illegal substances and other contraband ...”
Last week, two Columbia students were arrested after administrators discovered one of them had a loaded handgun on campus.
In August, Stephenson High was placed on lockdown after a student told administrators she saw someone with a gun. Police recovered the weapon and a 14-year-old was charged, district officials said.
And earlier this month, Lithonia High was also placed on lockdown after one student pulled a gun on another.
In each case, the students were charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds.
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